Crack cocaine “cookies” seized’ five arrested
Polk County Enterprise, June 2007
LIVINGSTON — Officers acting on a tip that a group of Livingston residents were moving a recently manufactured batch of crack cocaine cookies led to the arrest of five adults Monday and Tuesday, officials said.
An investigation had been under way for several weeks, Det. Matt Parrish said Tuesday, but information obtained Monday indicated efforts to move the recently manufactured contraband were in progress.
"We received information about these subjects engaged in narcotics dealing in the past and information we got Monday said that activity was going on at that time.
When Livingston Police Cpl. Leon Middleton stopped the vehicle matching the description given to investigators, Joseph Jerard Franklin, 22, of Livingston fled from the car on foot. He was arrested at about noon Tuesday when he surrendered to sheriff's deputies at the Polk County Jail.
Livingston officers Marty Drake and Darrell Newman chased the fleeing man with assistance from the Polk County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Edmond Maze, 19, and Carl Stanley Williams, 24, of Leggett were arrested at the site of the traffic stop. While searching the vehicle, officers found eight "cookies" of crack cocaine weighing 155 grams.
The drugs would have an estimated street value of $5,200, or $650 per cookie, Parrish said.
Based on evidence found in the vehicle and other information detectives received, Judge Mack Coates issued a search warrant for a residence in the 900 block of Forest Hollow, Parrish said.
During the search, officers found the necessary ingredients for the manufacture of crack cocaine.
Joseph O'Neal George, 22, of New Orleans and Felicia McGowen, 22, of Livingston were arrested at the residence.
All five suspects have been charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance and engaging in organized criminal actvities, both of which are first degree felonies, Parrish said.